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If "it's hard to get electronic parts for a discontinued model of low-selling car in this economy" is your threshold, it's not just GM.
When I was having this problem I was stuck and literally waiting for a tow truck and somehow got the ICE started, and drove home. I don't know how I got the ICE to start, and was frustrated that there wasn't an emergency ICE start button somewhere. Are you suggesting that this is the "emergency ICE start" procedure? Hold the start for seven seconds. I think my foot was not on the brake.I can't speak to everyone's BECM failures, but both of our events were as described: car stops driving immediately, unexpectedly, and does not move after that. Side note: if this happens to you, you can hold down the start button for 7 or so seconds to reset things, after which the car may be able to limp home in ICE/reduced propulsion mode. I cannot remember if you also needed to have your foot off the brake to do this reset. Pulling the 12V probably has the same effect, but resets your CEL codes which impedes dealer diagnosis.
That is a bummer. I really believed a used Volt was the best option for people like me who want an EV, but cannot afford higher priced vehicles. I have been a loyal Honda and Toyota owner and felt like I was taking a risk on a GM vehicle. Reading these forum threads I'm getting the impression I should sell my Volt as soon as it gets repaired. And I'm not sure if I would trust GM again in the future.Big agree. I think Voltec was probably the most brilliant drivetrain ever developed for a production car, but getting the sense that GM probably isn't interested in supporting the existing fleet.. well, that brilliant complexity is just a liability when not supported. Not to be dramatic, but I'm in the process of getting quotes to trade in/sell the Volt. I can't find myself with a niche vehicle with unavailable parts that I can't fix myself. Finally got mine back yesterday, so that was 77 days, and I'm super glad to have it back. The good news is there are apparently BECMs trickling out for the other folks here waiting.
It's lovely to have the car back. They're great cars. Just don't trust GM to keep mine rolling for the length of time I'd hope to own it.